NOAA is announcing the availability of up to $240 million in funding for transformational projects that restore coastal habitat and strengthen community resilience. This funding has been made available through the Biden-Harris Administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act.
Projects selected through this funding opportunity will have a transformative impact for coastal communities and tribes across the country. They will help sustain our nation’s fisheries, make significant strides in the recovery of threatened and endangered species, and help protect coastal communities and ecosystems from the impacts of climate change. They will support efforts such as reconnecting rivers to their historic floodplains, outplanting corals to rebuild reefs, building living shorelines that protect coasts from erosion and sea level rise, and more.
NOAA will accept proposals between $1 million and $25 million total over the award period. Applications are due by November 17, 2023. For more information, view the Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants funding opportunity.
Through this competition, NOAA will prioritize projects that demonstrate a broad base of stakeholder and community support. Projects that were developed with inclusive practices and incorporate meaningful strategies to engage a diverse range of community groups, including tribes and underserved communities, will be prioritized.
Habitat Restoration and NOAA
Habitat restoration efforts like restoring coastal wetlands and removing outdated dams can improve coastal resilience—helping communities recover from and adapt to the impacts of extreme weather and climate change. NOAA’s Office of Habitat Conservation has a long history conducting habitat restoration efforts with large-scale competitive funding opportunities and expert technical assistance through our Community-based Restoration Program.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act provide a historic opportunity for us to continue making an impact for fisheries, protected resources, and coastal communities, including tribes. To date, the Office of Habitat Conservation has awarded more than $480 million for 109 projects across the country through this funding.